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touchA Woman's Touch
by Deb Phillips

Ah! Lazy summer afternoons and evenings spent climbing trees, splashing in the nearby creek, riding my bike for miles, blowing soap bubbles, catching fireflies or gliding through the air on the porch swing... that was the way to spend a summer.

Now, I can't wait to get from my air-conditioned office to my air-conditioned car to my air-conditioned house. And I don't think I'm alone. Besides being older and having more responsibilities, what has changed? More importantly, how can I get some of that youthful "carefree-ness" back?

Sometimes the same phenomena is true of our involvement in our Masonic family organizations. We begin the "youth" of our membership enthusiastic, wanting to learn and explore the all there is to see and do in the "world" of this new organization. And then, as time goes by, we grow more "mature" in our membership, forgetting or losing that original enthusiasm. How do we get that enthusiasm back?

I'm sure the leaders of many organizations ask themselves that same question quite often, unfortunately. But the true answer lies in each member... because each person has a different reason as to why they joined.

touchStart your journey to a more enthusiastic membership by attending meetings, getting involved on committees, invite a friend (or two) to join your organization and share their "youthful" membership enthusiasm! It all begins with YOU, as you "Share the Light" with others.

And maybe spend an evening catching fireflies!

After an evening of catching fireflies, cool down with a refreshing Watermelon Cooler--

Watermelon Cooler
1 1/2 cups cubed, seeded watermelon
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
Mint sprigs (for garnish )
Place watermelon, lime juice and sugar in a blender and process at high speed until smooth. Fill a 12-ounce glass with ice cubes; pour watermelon mixture over the ice and garnish with mint. Makes 1 serving.

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